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by Bowak
5 Mar 2014, 10:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Are mountain bike cycling shoes necessary for cycle touring?
Replies: 46
Views: 16445

Re: Are mountain bike cycling shoes necessary for cycle tour

Do any cycling shoe manufacturers sell in a size 15? I've seen the occasional 12 or 13 but never a 15 which has always led me to ignore cycling shoe discussions before. I've been doing a lot more mileage recently though which is making me consider my options again.
by Bowak
8 Feb 2014, 10:29pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring in Belgium. what to see.
Replies: 16
Views: 14753

Re: Touring in Belgium. what to see.

If you're a motor-racing fan you have to call by Spa-Francorchamps. That place is like a cathedral to me and it's in the Ardennes so I'm assuming there should be some good forest/hill routes around.
by Bowak
3 Feb 2014, 8:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 7 speed to 9 speed conversion for a Galaxy
Replies: 27
Views: 6362

Re: 7 speed to 9 speed conversion for a Galaxy

personally I'd be tempted to stick with the 50T big ring but each to his own, eh? Is the present chainset worn out? If the chainring teeth look even as worn as very worn sprockets they usually still work OK. cheers The chainset's not gone yet, but the front's starting to show some wear and it's jus...
by Bowak
3 Feb 2014, 8:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 7 speed to 9 speed conversion for a Galaxy
Replies: 27
Views: 6362

Re: 7 speed to 9 speed conversion for a Galaxy

You say that the bike may have been 8 speed originally? Then, unless something has been changed the 9 speed cassette should fit. If you need to use a spacer with the 7 speed cassette then yes it should also take 8/9/10 speed cassettes. Well the wheel and cassette have been replaced more than once, ...
by Bowak
3 Feb 2014, 7:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 7 speed to 9 speed conversion for a Galaxy
Replies: 27
Views: 6362

Re: 7 speed to 9 speed conversion for a Galaxy

No worries about potential obviousness. My bike maintenance knowledge largely comes from the common everyday things that need doing such as tube/tyre/brake block replacement. I'm determined from now on to start learning how to replace/fix the rest of the parts, partly for cost savings but mainly out...
by Bowak
3 Feb 2014, 6:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 7 speed to 9 speed conversion for a Galaxy
Replies: 27
Views: 6362

Re: 7 speed to 9 speed conversion for a Galaxy

Thanks for the help. I think I'll probably go for a new rear wheel when I buy the other parts. It'll put the cost up a bit but not excessively so. Just to check that I'm not missing anything else blindingly obvious: 1. If I change the front derailleur I need to check if my current one's top or botto...
by Bowak
3 Feb 2014, 12:33am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 7 speed to 9 speed conversion for a Galaxy
Replies: 27
Views: 6362

Re: 7 speed to 9 speed conversion for a Galaxy

Cheers.

It's definitely a cassette hub so that's something.
by Bowak
3 Feb 2014, 12:13am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 7 speed to 9 speed conversion for a Galaxy
Replies: 27
Views: 6362

Re: 7 speed to 9 speed conversion for a Galaxy

Just to be sure, are you saying I could make a 9s cassette fit on my 7 s hub by removing one of the cogs to make it 8s, or would I need to get a new rear wheel with a more modern hub? I'm glad to see that my current shifters should hopefully be ok. There's definitely a lot more to take into account ...
by Bowak
2 Feb 2014, 11:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 7 speed to 9 speed conversion for a Galaxy
Replies: 27
Views: 6362

Re: 7 speed to 9 speed conversion for a Galaxy

I'm back to thinking that 9 speed 11-32 with 44-32-22 chainrings is the way to go for me, almost certainly Deore. I want to stick with bar end shifters and know that I can get Dura Ace in 9 speed. My question is is there any reason why my current RSX 7 speed shifters won't work in friction mode? Pre...
by Bowak
20 Jan 2014, 7:12pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Ten Miles a Day
Replies: 400
Views: 93754

Re: Ten Miles a Day

I'm giving this a go this year too. I should get just under 2,000 miles in from commuting so making up the rest is a good target as it'll be a bit of a stretch to actually achieve, but without being stupidly ambitious. I'm not particularly worried about being in deficit and I plan to get some of the...
by Bowak
19 Jan 2014, 8:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Frame rust
Replies: 4
Views: 3698

Re: Frame rust

Excellent, it's nice to have it confirmed as fine. Hopefully I'll get at least another 9 years out of this frame.
by Bowak
19 Jan 2014, 3:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Frame rust
Replies: 4
Views: 3698

Re: Frame rust

I assume I have the right size seat post. However, it's been 3 or 4 years since I last adjusted the saddle but I don't remember it feeling loose in the tube. Rather frustratingly I can't measure it at the moment as the hex head has rounded off. Edit: It's also the seat post that was with the bike wh...
by Bowak
19 Jan 2014, 2:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Frame rust
Replies: 4
Views: 3698

Frame rust

I've inspected my frame today and have discovered several small rust spots on chipped paint. I'm not concerned by most of these and have looked up what I need to do to remove the rust and touch up the paint afterwards. There's just one spot that while I think it will probably be fine as well, I want...
by Bowak
8 Dec 2013, 4:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New front wheel
Replies: 9
Views: 1159

Re: New front wheel

As I live in Durham it's not really worth the time and cost of travelling to Harrogate whereas it's only a fiver postage to have a new wheel sent up. It'll also let me keep my current wheel as a spare, not that I really expect to need to. My rear wheel's almost new and is tougher than my previous on...
by Bowak
8 Dec 2013, 1:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New front wheel
Replies: 9
Views: 1159

Re: New front wheel

Thanks for the advice. The LX - Sputnik it is and hopefully it'll last me until the 20s!